Floss has taken a break from riding since the summer because:-
a) Klængur was not that nice to her – gave her, what we call in Shetland, a bit of a gluff
and b) she went in back to university.
So I have regularly been riding Klængur out and reminding him of his manners.
Flossie decided she wanted to give this riding thing another go so she caught Klængur, brought him into the school and tacked him up.
I am sure Klængur was pleased to see Flossie again. Better her than me for many reasons, the most being she is much lighter.
They always have a great relationship on the ground.
Klængur is a great little horse but he likes to see if he has a rider or a passenger. He tests.
If there is a weakness, he can be inclined to exploit it in a very unhelpful way.
(a quick chicken pic – Elvis – named because of her “hair”!)
First, long and low ….
…. stretch and relax.
Then concentrating on walking and transitions. Nothing faster at this point.
At the end, once Flossie knew Klængur was concentrating and listening to her, she asked him to tölt.
Then we did everything the other way round.
And Floss rolled up her metaphorical sleeves and worked very hard keeping Klængur on the straight and narrow. It was a battle of wills and she won.
A handful of feed balancer as a reward. A quick play with the bucket – Klængur always does this. I have no idea why.
And then back into the field. Time is a great healer when you have had a gluff on your horse.
Well done Flossie and Klængur. Both achieved. Very happy.
Ohe yes, little Miss Pathetic was around too. Jeez, she does miserable so well. I instantly feel guilty for no reason at all.